A seven man delegation from the Isle of Man (IOM) based in the United Kingdom have paid a working visit to the eastern region as part of efforts towards monitoring projects funded by the organization in Sierra Leone.
Addressing his audience at CARITAS conference room the Director of CARITAS Kenema Patrick Jamiru said his organization with funds from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and Isle of Man based in the United Kingdom is implementing a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program in the eastern region.
He disclosed that the project is aimed at addressing disaster risks through sustainable environmental management; reduce community’s vulnerability to food insecurity through the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.
Patrick Jamiru also said the project is implemented in Sukudu in the Kono District, Mano junction, Kondebotihun, Dia Kagbando and Tissor in Kenema District to enable the target communities identify and implement appropriate sustainable land use and environmental management practices.
He said that low soil fertility, flooding and windstorm and extended dries are some of the hazards affecting the targeted communities’ causing deforestation through charcoal burning, upland farming, logging and diamond mining as a result of human activities within the communities.
In his statement the head of delegation Phil Crain commended CARITAS, CAFOD and the people of Mano junction for their hospitality and expressed satisfaction over projects implemented by partners. He encouraged the people of Mano Junction to take the project as theirs and assured all and sundry of his organization’s continuous support towards the fight against disaster in the country.
The Town Chief of Mano junction Chief Kajue appealed to the Isle of Man delegation to help them with dry floors and stores for the realization of the project in the District.
By Saffa Moriba